"He did. And after he had, he walked off to his new girlfriend." The girls stared at Whitney, and found themselves once again wondering how boys worked. "I mean, if he broke up with me, and asked Ashleigh to the prom... Why get me a corsage?" Layla didn't know what to say, and continued staring in wide-eyed shock at her friend, while April seemed distracted, as usual. "Well, I'm going to wear it all night. And when Devon asks me to dance, which he inevitable will, then Herbie will wish the ground had swallowed him up that time he fell down that rabbit hole." Layla smiled and breathed a laugh. She hadn't lived here long enough to witness the infamous rabbit hole event, and Whitney and Herbie had broken up a week after she'd met her, but April and Whitney had told her the story in great detail, and it really did sound hilarious.
"Because, April, if Herbie sees me march over to Devon and demand he dances with me, then he'll know nobody asked me, and that means he'll have won." Whitney and Layla looked at April, waiting for this information to process.
"Then why don't I ask Devon to ask you to dance?"
"Can you do that without Herbie knowing you've done that?" April thought a moment, and shrugged.
"How about I distract Herbie while April asks Devon? Herbie doesn't really know me, so for all he knows I could be the kind of girl who just walks up and flirts with her friends ex. Plus, I've only met Devon once in my life, and so it would look weird for me to go talk to him."
"Would you really do that, Layla?" Whitney chewed on her false nails, nervous about the outcome of tonight. She'd had her eye on Devon for a while, even while she was with Herbie. Devon seemed like a gentleman, and Herbie certainly hadn't been.
"Whitney! I know you're in there! What have you been saying to Ashleigh?"
"Go away, Herbie. I've not said anything to dumb Ashleigh."
"Well why did she walk away just now then?" The accusing reply came through the door, making Whitney's blood boil.
"Get lost, Herbie! She probably walked off because you got me a corsage too! Did you ever think of that?" There was an aggravated huff, and what sounded like Herbie kicking the door. The girls waited a moment to check he was gone before finishing their conversation.
"Are you sure you're comfortable doing this, Layla? You know how rumours spread in this place, and I'd hate for you to be known for flirting with Herbie..."
"I'll be fine, Whitney. I know how to handle myself, and rumours are rumours. I don't care about my reputation and there's nobody in this school so far I'd consider dating. Let's get this plan in action."
When Luis and Devon arrived at the prom, the school gym was already buzzing with excited teens and loud music. There were a few chaperones dotted about, but they didn't seem to be getting in the way of anyones fun. The first thing the boys saw was a girl Luis recognised as April, a girl in a few of his classes, rushing to Devon looking excited.
"Dev, who's that girl?"
"Oh, that was April Matthews. I thought you had some classes with her? She was telling me Whitney Wilkins wanted me to ask her to dance..."
"No, not her, I know April. Her." He gestured with his head to the girl standing in the spotlight. She now looked a little annoyed at Herbie, which made Luis feel better. Maybe he stood a chance if Herbie was annoying her.
"Oh, you mean the pretty one with big purple wings?" Devon teased his friend. Luis hadn't shown any real interest in girls until now.
"That's Layla Sixkiller. She just moved here a few weeks back, and I don't know much more than her name. She seems like an ok girl though." Luis nodded, planning his move. "I'm going to talk to Whitney. See if she wants me to get her some punch or something." Luis nodded again and gestured with his hands for his friend to go get his girl.
Whitney suddenly looked at Layla, and then nudged April. April got up and approached Herbie, as Whitney took Devons hand and pulled him to the dancefloor.
"Thank you, April." Luis muttered under his breath. He then took a deep breath in and out as he saw Layla was free and made his way to her.
"Hi, Luis. I'm Layla." She replied, a sweet smile spreading over her lips. The couple got lost in each others eyes for a moment, before Luis realised he hadn't said anything.
"So, are you and Herbie..." He wanted to kick himself for bringing up his competition, but it was too late now.
"God, no!" She looked almost offended, but then that sweet smile came back again. "I was only talking to him as a favour for a friend.
"Sorry, it's just... You're beautiful."
"Thank you." Layla giggled like an elementary schooler. "You're not so bad yourself."
"Do you... Do you want to dance?" Luis offered. Layla nodded slowly, there was clearly something on her mind, but Luis didn't know her well enough to ask her about it.
As a slower song came on, Luis hardly realised they were leaning so close. Layla was looking at him, something written all over her face, but Luis couldn't read it until she moved her hand off his shoulder to gently caress his neck.
She pulled herself closer and Luis knew exactly what she meant. It didn't feel fast, although they'd only met a little over an hour ago, it felt right. Their lips brushed, barely touching before Layla pulled back, leaving Luis wanting.
"Sorry, is this too fast?" She asked.
"No..." Luis breathed, the words seemed to catch in his throat and he just wanted to hold her in his arms for the rest of his life. He didn't even realise he was grinning like an idiot.
She quickly pulled herself back to his lips, and they lost all sense of time and space. Lost in each other. Switching between dancing and kissing, their bodies perfectly in tune with the others, seeming to know when to switch between the two.
Eventually, it ended. Layla melted away and they stood there staring into each other eyes for what seemed like an eternity. Neither of them had ever heard of two people feeling like this after one night. They felt as if they'd known each other all their lives, yet it had only been a few hours. Luis was reminded of his mother having him so young, and understood why. There seemed no sense in waiting for anything when you knew you'd be together forever.
"I have to leave." Layla said, her voice barely above a whisper, and still captivated by his eyes.
"Ok." Luis took her hand and walked her outside, pulling her quickly down the corridor and out to the front of the school.
"I don't want to leave you." Luis pulled her to him again, she let him kiss her for a minute or two more before pulling away.
"I have to Luis. I'm sorry. I'll see you at school on Monday." She walked down the steps, and Luis watched her cross the road and walk away into the night.
The theme of the prom had been 'dreams come true', and for Luis, they really had.
"No sense getting my clothes wet, is there?" She laughed to the familys confused looks. "Come on, get yourselves inside before you catch your death!" They all piled into the small house, and were suddenly thankful that Devon and Jackson weren't here too, and Taylor and Madison tried to remember how it was they had such big birthday parties growing up, it was a squeeze with just eight sims here!
"I know, honey. You excited?"
"Yeah!" Shaena was slightly disappointed that her grandmother already knew, her mother must've told her. "I'm most excited about making friends and not having to play with my smelly brother anymore!" Luis rolled his eyes and sighed as he walked around the pair to put Rose nearer some toys.
"Mummy, did you love Daddy when you were my age? I still think boys are yucky." Madison looked her mother in the eye, and Lisa looked back apologetically. Taylor and Luis looked to her too, and the three wondered what Madison would tell the small girl. Lisa hadn't realised that Shaena hadn't been told about Madison's past, or anything much about Geoffrey. Madison slowly bought her gaze down to her daughter.
"Yes, perhaps a bit older, but yes. I loved him from when I first met him on the playground at school." Shaena pulled a face again, and there was a pause as she thought the new information over, and the rest of the family waited for her reaction.
"Why did you stop loving him?" Taylor, Luis and Lisa all froze in place, looking to Madison to see how she would take this. Madison felt her heart breaking. Her daughter thought she didn't love him anymore. Where had she gone wrong? She knew she didn't talk about him with anyone, and she knew it was unhealthy for her to pretend he never existed, especially around her children, but it still hurt to think about. Taylor was about to step in to help her sister out, when Madison finally spoke up.
"I still love him, with all my heart. We'll talk about this properly another time." Her voice just above a whisper, and cracking as she tried not to cry. Shaena looked worried now, but nodded slowly and went to watch some TV while Lisa went off to make dinner.
Thankyou for Layla Sixkiller, ShakespearesSunshyne! I've made slight edits to her character, because your Layla would never have a boyfriend :p (Plus, she's a fairy now, obviously...)
For everyone else, Layla is Luis' present for helping with the triplets haha!
For all the prom pictures plus outtakes, please browse this album. There are close to a hundred that I felt like sharing, including a few 'setup' ones, where the sims were allowed to mingle all day while I waited for the appropriate lighting conditions :p
Luis and Layla's Prom - Warning, most of them are doubles, triples or even quads of the same picture from a different angle. Do not feel like you have to look at this, it's just me being silly.
I have never (and probably never will again) spent so long doing all that building and posing for a spare!